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Offbeat Safaris 8 Day Mara Ride

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Saddle up for an exhilarating seven night riding adventure with Offbeat Safaris in the heart of the Maasai Mara. Enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters on horseback with outstanding guiding whilst moving between mobile camps in wonderfully wild locations.

At a Glance

  • Explore the Maasai Mara's iconic plains on horseback and enjoy exciting wildlife encounters

  • Enjoy different perspectives of the Mara's famed wildlife from the saddle, on game drives and bush walks.

  • Ford the Mara River in the wake of wildebeest at one of the famous crossing points (water levels permitting)

  • Stay in authentic mobile tented camps in impressive settings

  • Exceptional guiding and a maximum of 12 people in a group guarantees a personalized and exclusive experience

Off the beaten track, Riding, Adventure, Wildlife

Insider's View

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Insider's View

The human form is disguised by the shape and smell of the horse, so animals don’t shy away from riders

Scott Dunn team

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

Experience the wildness of the Maasai Mara as you move between mobile camps in wonderful settings throughout the Mara ecosystem, accompanied by a professional horseback safari guide and taking in some truly iconic safari sights. Canter through the plains dotted with giraffe and wildebeest, ford the Mara River passing hippo pods along the way and climb escarpments to survey the wondrous sight below at sunset - this is the perfect experience for those looking for the thrill of adventure on horseback in an archetypal African setting.

Spend your first two nights in the private Naboisho conservancy staying in a mobile camp at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) on the edge of the Loita Plains, which lie to the north. Explore the conservancy on a full day ride with wonderful wildlife viewing on offer in a remote setting. There is also the opportunity to go on game drives and bush walks which will allow you to appreciate your surroundings on a range of scales.

Your riding safari continues into the Olare Orok conservancy which borders the main Maasai Mara reserve and you will begin to see more and more wildlife. Plains are filled with giraffe, wildebeest and zebra to name just a few and sightings of elephant and buffalo are possible. The Olare Orok Camp is set on a lugga in a game rich area where you will be lulled to sleep to the calls of lion and hyena. Enjoy morning and evening rides from camp, and for the chance for close encounters with lion, elephant and buffalo we recommend taking a game drive, perfect for photographic opportunities.

Moving deeper into the main Maasai Mara, cross the Mara River at one of the famed wildebeest crossings into the Mara Triangle and up onto the Soit Olololol Escarpment which offers exceptional views over the surrounding plains from the Soit Olololol Camp. Ride along the ridge of the escarpment, which offers excellent going for the horses and impressive sunsets.

Descending from the escarpment back onto the plains, you will ford the Mara River once more, passing hippo pods along the way before spending a final night in the Mara on the banks of the Mara River with the sound of grunting hippos for company. Savor a final atmospheric breakfast before flying back to Nairobi to connect with your flight back home, marking the end of an exhilarating riding safari through the Maasai Mara's game-filled plains.

Offbeat Riding Safaris only use thoroughbred and thoroughbred cross horses with English, polo, Wintec, French trekking and Australian stock saddles used. Scheduled departures operate with a maximum of 10-12 riders and you should expect to spend between four and six hours in the saddle each day and consider yourself an experienced rider who is confident at all paces and able to gallop out of trouble. In addition to riding you are also able to go on day and night game drives as well as guided bush walks.

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Maasai Mara, Kenya

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Location & Directions

Maasai Mara, Kenya

The mobile camps that you will stay in are our in prime positions within private conservancies and the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Olare Lamun is located in a thicket of acacia trees on the southern edge of the Loita Plains in the remote Naboisho Conservancy. From here you will ride to Olare Orok Camp in the private conservancy of the same name, which shares a direct border with the Maasai Mara National Reserve, with the camp enjoying an atmospheric position on the Olare Orok lugga. You then cross into the Mara Triangle before riding to camp on the top of the Soit Olololol Escarpment which enjoys breath-taking views over the plains below. Your final night is spent camping on the banks of the Mara River, a prime spot for wildebeest crossings (in season) with hippo pools located close by.

When to go

2016 Scheduled Departure Travel Dates:

January 23, 30; March 12; July 9, 16; September 17, 24. Private customized riding safaris can also be arranged year-round excluding April, May and November.

The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

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